State Rep. Cary Pigman stepped down Tuesday as chairman of a House health-care panel after being arrested last week on a drunken-driving charge in St. Lucie County.
Florida lawmakers are poised to return to Tallahassee for the March 7 start of the 2017 legislative session.
They will grapple with hundreds of bills during the 60-day session, while also trying to reach agreement on a state budget that will top $80 billion. Here are 10 big issues to watch:
Amid a new wave of legal battles about hospital projects, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for eliminating key regulations about building health-care facilities and opening trauma centers.
With a major nursing-home group looking for changes, a Senate panel Wednesday began delving into part of the Medicaid program that involves seniors enrolling in managed-care plans.
The battle lines are being drawn. Or maybe they never went away.
But Florida senators Tuesday got a taste of the debate that will play out in the coming months among business, legal and labor groups as the Legislature looks at revamping the workers' compensation insurance system.
For business groups, the issue is about too much money going to attorneys who represent injured workers. For workers' attorneys, the issue is about insurers not properly paying claims. And for labor unions, the issue is about a system that has slashed benefits for people hurt on the job.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a Death Row inmate's appeal in the 4-decade-old murder of an Orlando car salesman --- but Justice Stephen Breyer used the case to raise broader questions about the death penalty.
Little more than a week before businesses were slated to get hit with increased workers' compensation insurance rates, a Leon County circuit judge Wednesday blocked the hike because of violations of Florida's Sunshine Law.
An organization that files workers' compensation rate proposals for insurers quickly said it would appeal.
Ready to formally take charge of the Florida House this month, incoming Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, on Wednesday named 11 lawmakers to his leadership team.
An administrative law judge has refused to block the Florida Department of Environmental Protection from moving forward with new water-quality standards as legal battles continue over the controversial plan.
Pointing to a major Florida Supreme Court ruling on attorneys' fees, state regulators issued an order Tuesday that said workers' compensation insurance rates should increase 14.5 percent starting later this year.
The long-awaited order by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation trimmed a proposal that called for increasing rates 19.6 percent. Nevertheless, business groups immediately warned that a 14.5 percent increase would hurt employers.